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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/2/21)

Who will be the Last Frenemy Standing?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Another epic grudge match between Prizefighter and Great Liberator!

SmackDown raises the stakes as we head for Money in the Bank! Will it be Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn as THE Last Man Standing heading for MITB?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Big E & Nakamura win.
  • Money in the Bank Qualifier Last Man Standing Match: Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins and advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega; Morgan wins.
  • Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Angelo Dawkins; Otis wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Edge is here again!

The Rated R Superstar made sure Roman Reigns knew he was back last week with that attack all around ringside, and now he’s in the ThunderDome again as he’s not set to face Roman for the WWE Universal Championship 1v1 at Money in the Bank! Edge gets a mic to say, “WrestleMania was supposed to be the culmination of a 10 year story. Winning the Universal Championship 10 years to the day after being forced to retire as the World Heavyweight Champion would’ve made for a hell of a story, wouldn’t it?” Edge envisioned it so much that he knew it’d happen. But then it didn’t. Edge didn’t see that coming, it wasn’t in his plans.

Full transparency, it rocked him. Edge took time to recover, and thinking it back in his brain, and even watching it back, something he never does. Roman likes to gloss over some key points that happened at Mania. Edge could complain about how his one fear of Daniel Bryan being involved would cost Edge came true. How Bryan stopped Roman from tapping out. How Bryan pulled the ref out after Edge hit a Spear. Roman was practically stapled to the mat, he wasn’t getting up. Edge could complain about Jey Uso stopping a Con-Chair-To. He could, he really could, and would be justified in doing so. 2006 Edge definitely would have.

But 2021 Edge understands that there will always be excuses and obstacles. Edge spent his entire career knocking down obstacles, or he wouldn’t be here right now! “I don’t stop.” But here’s the thing: Now that Edge has been in here with Roman 1v1, he knows he can win. More importantly, Roman knows it. They’re the only ones that know because Roman felt it as Edge felt it. Edge knows Roman won’t admit it, but here’s some proof: the picture of Edge getting Roman in the crossface with the chair crossbar in his mouth! Look at those bugged out, crossed eyes! Those eyes have fear! They’re in deep water, deeper than they’ve ever been in before

Now look at Edge’s face. That’s the look of a man who knows he lives inside the other man’s head! When you can make a man look like Roman does, you live in his head for life! When Roman heard Edge’s music, the look on his face solidified what Edge already knew. Roman knew deep down that no matter what the odds say non paper, Edge has Roman’s number. Edge vows to beat Roman, it’s just a matter of when. This is inevitable. Edge will be WWE Universal Champion! The Rated R Superstar is ready, but will he get revenge and redemption at MITB?

 

Paul Heyman watches this from the private suite.

Jimmy Uso walks over and says everyone obviously just heard that. Everyone knows Edge is talking about having Roman’s number, about how Roman’s gonna lose at MITB. Tell Jimmy Edge ain’t saying all that. Jimmy will tell Roman again that he’s got Roman’s back just like Roman’s got his. When Roman gets here, he and Jimmy will put Edge down and stamp the family flag right in the middle of Edge’s forehead. Heyman just stares at Jimmy, but will he advise Roman to follow Jimmy’s plan?

 

Rick Boogs rocks out!

“Hear ye, hear ye! Welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!” Boogs is here to rock with the one TRUE king of ALLLLL WWE~! #Kingsuke NakamurAAAAAAA~! The theme plays and here comes the King of Strong Style! Shinsuke goes to the ring and his rocking bard follows, and they continue to rock out. But now here comes Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity is excited to be teaming with The King against their eternal rivals! Will Nakamura be able to #ThinkBig and take down the WWE Intercontinental Champion and the former Wolf King?

Big E & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!

SmackDown returns as Apollo makes his entrance, Azeez following behind. Then Corbin makes his entrance, only reminded of his failure by his titantron still reading “King Corbin.” His beard is scruffy and his face is sullen, and then as if adding insult to injury, the ring announcer forgets to change back to announcing him as Baron Corbin. Corbin still joins Apollo at the corner and teams sort out. Apollo starts against #Kingsuke and they circle. They tie up, Nakamura headlocks, but Apollo powers out. They ram shoulders, and Apollo dares Nakamura to try again. Nakamura runs but Apollo reel shim in for a headlock!

Nakamura throws body shots, powers out but Apollo runs him over. Apollo tells Corbin to snap out of it, he needs Corbin in this match. Apollo turns around, ducks one kick but not the other! Nakamura gets Apollo up, whips him to the corner and back elbows! Nakamura hoists Apollo onto the top rope, rolls back and comes in for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Boogs rocks out as Big E wants to tag in. Nakamura gives him the tag, and together, they give Apollo GOOD~ Vibrations! Big E gets Apollo up and goes around with him for an abdominal stretch! Apollo endures, fights out but Big E CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Big E gets Apollo up but Apollo throat chops! Big E runs in, Apollo elbows him away and tags in Corbin! Big E BLASTS Corbin, goes out after Apollo, but Corbin CLOBBERS Big E! Corbin throws Big E up and over the barriers and snarls as he backs off. Corbin’s anger might help him get through his depression while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin rains down elbows on Big E! Corbin puts on a half nelson chinbar and grinds Big E but the ThunderDome rallies up! Big E fights up, throws body shots, and runs, but Corbin elbows him down! Cover, TWO! Corbin drags Big E up, brings him over and tags in Apollo. They mug Big E, Apollo throws haymakers, then wrenches an arm to whip Big E to ropes for a BIG dropkick! Apollo grins and looms over Big E. Apollo wraps on a facelock and grinds Big E down. Big E fights up, powers his way towards his corner, but Apollo shoves him away to ENZIGURI! Big E ends up in the corner, Apollo runs in, but Big E sends Apollo out!

Corbin tags in as Apollo goes flying, and he gets ahead of Big E to whip him into buckles! Corbin DECKS Nakamura, scoops Big E and POWERSLAMS! Cover, Nakamura breaks it! Apollo is in and he GERMAN SUPLEXES Nakamura! Apollo chases Nakamura out, scoops but Nakamura slides off to ENZIGURI Apollo down! Corbin gives more elbows to Big E and has the half nelson chinbar again! Big E endures, but “Ladies and gentlemen, whoever is the rightful owner of a white Mercedes SUV with the license plate KING-CR-BN, it looks like your car’s being towed!” Corbin can’t believe it, but YES! His Mercedes-Benz is being repo’d!!

Corbin is devastated as his world just keeps going down the drain! Big E scoops him for a BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E & Nakamura win!

Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura & Big E, by pinfall

Corbin is hurting in more ways than one right now as the losses keep piling up in and out of the ring. What more can happen to the fallen king before he hits rock bottom?

 

Bayley heads to the ring!

The Role Model is back in a good mood because she pinned the SmackDown Women’s Champion last week! “You’re welcome, ThunderDome!” But will she still be in a good mood after having a face-to-face with Bianca Belair after the break?

SmackDown returns and Bayley has a mic already and says, “I’m not the type of person to come out here and brag and say ‘I told you so,’ but pff, I told you so!” Bianca Belair winning at Hell in a Cell was a fluke, and Bayley proved it winning last week, 1-2-3, ding ding dong! And the best was the look in Bianca’s eyes! A look of loss, despair, defeat, and questioning everything that she did wrong. We all know how strong Bianca is physically, but she’s mentally weak! Bayley made it look easy reigning for 380 days compared to Bianca’s just 80 days, but a loss like that this early is not a good sign! Bianca is clearly crumbling under the weight of our expectations.

Bianca better get her head in the game because in two short weeks, the WWE is back live in front of the fans! And Bayley would be so sad to see Bianca completely fall apart in front of all the little kids who worship her! It could happen. Bayley soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome fans but says, “Bianca ain’t nothing to Bayley! Never has, never will be!” But speaking of, here comes the EST! Bianca joins Bayley in the ring, gets herself a mic, and says, “Girrrl. What you need is a little crack in that mouth!” Bayley may want the title, but Bianca has the title. Bianca keeps beating Bayley over and over and over again but Bayley keeps coming back. It’s like Bayley is obsessed!

And Bayley thinks Bianca is in her head? No, Bayley knows it! Bianca can’t even look her in the eye! Bianca’s shaking in her boots, her nails are clacking together, she’s breathing heavy- Y’know what? Bianca admits Bayley IS in her head. No matter how many times Bianca wins, Bayley has excuses, so Bayley’s voice is always in Bianca’s head. The only way to end this is for Bianca to embarrass her to the point of no return. Bayley tries to laugh that off but Bianca says she is so OVER Bayley. Bianca thinks, and says if the officials will allow it, they will have a title match, in an I QUIT match!! Bayley says that has to be a joke. But Bianca’s serious! Bayley really did get in Bianca’s head!

Bianca knows Bayley well enough that Bayley’s never quit anything in her life! This is what she’s wanted to do her whole life, and she’s here, and has done everything she wanted to, more than anything Bianca ever could do. So if Bianca can make Bayley say “I Quit,” she’d quit SmackDown. No wait, she’d quit the WWE! And wrestling altogether! But hearing Bianca say those words wouldn’t surprise Bayley at all. We all know that Bianca is not the champion she portrays herself to be. Bianca has no chance, so Bayley accepts!

And now Bianca laughs at Bayley! What’s so funny? Bianca thought she was so sick of Bayley running her mouth, but Bianca just realized how excited she is to hear Bayley say those words, “I Quit.” Will Bayley eat her words here tonight after saying those two powerful words at MITB?

 

Heyman paces about in the private suite.

But he smiles as Jimmy returns. Is Roman here yet? It’s cool, because when Roman gets here, Jimmy knows Edge is waiting. Jimmy knows Roman doesn’t care about all that, but what is he waiting on? Wait, Jimmy’s got it! Roman’s waiting on Jimmy to step up! Jimmy says he’ll get this. He’ll go to Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville and tell them to save some space later tonight. #MainEventJimmy will call Edge out, then beat him up all over the place! Heyman smiles and Jimmy heads out. Will this initiative help Jimmy get in the Tribal Chief’s good graces? Will it also keep Edge from making it to MITB?

 

Money in the Bank Qualifier Last Man Standing Match: Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!

For two decades, these two have gone back and forth, from friends to enemies and back again, all over the world and in multiple promotions. But now, this could all end in a referee’s ten count! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting to shut Sami up and go to MITB? Or will the “Champion of the People” triumph over the supposed Anti-Sami conspiracy and get the golden ticket?

SmackDown returns as Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin dodges Sami to tackle him! Kevin rains down fists, stomps Sami in the corner, then runs corner to corner for a CANNONBALL! The ref starts a count as Sami flops out of the ring. The count is already 5 of 10 as Sami gets up, but Kevin is right after him! Kevin blocks a kick to kick real low and CHOP real hard! Kevin whips Sami into barriers, then stalks him around the way. Sami staggers towards the announce desk but Kevin whips him into more barriers! Kevin aims as Sami slowly drags himself up. Kevin storms back over to ROCK Sami with a right!

Kevin whips, Sami reverses, and Kevin hits barriers! Sami CLOBBERS Kevin as Kevin staggers over! Kevin stands but Sami fires off hands! Kevin hits back, they brawl against barriers, but Kevin ROCKS Sami! Kevin then tosses Sami up and over the barriers, then hurries after him. Kevin SMACKS Sami off ThunderDome screens! And again! And again! Sami staggers, and kicks Kevin in the throat! Kevin’s throat still can’t be 100% from taking Nigerian Nails, but Kevin headbutts Sami down! Kevin climbs the barrier to SWANTON BOMB to the floor! Sami writhes as the count begins again! Sami claws his way to the announce desk and uses it to stand at 6 of 10.

Kevin bounces Sami off the desk! Kevin sets Sami up on the table, throws hands, then climbs up the barrier again! But Sami gets to him first, to TOSS him onto the announce desk!! The table doesn’t break but Kevin’s back might’ve! Kevin writhes as the count begins again. Kevin drags himself up with the steel steps and stands at 7 of 10! Sami is frustrated but this will continue as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Kevin RAMS into Sami in the corner again and again! And again and again! Sami flops over as Kevin finally lets off and a count begins. Kevin watches Sami as he flounders against ropes. Sami is up at 5 but Kevin brings him to his knees and on the ropes. Kevin kicks the rope to jack Sami’s neck up! Now Sami gasps and sputters as a count begins again. Sami manages to sit up and SLAP Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS Sami back down! Sami gets up, Kevin ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then CHOPS him off his feet! The count begins again but Sami flops out of the ring at 3. Kevin goes out after Sami as Sami stands at 6, and then RAMS Sami into a post!

Kevin gets Sami up to POST Sami crotch first! Sami flops off the post and the count begins again. Kevin tells Sami to stay down but Sami refuses. Sami’s up at 7, but Kevin keeps him from getting to far into the ring. Sami ROCKS Kevin, Kevin ROCKS Sami back! Sami throws a haymaker, Kevin SLAPS him down! Kevin starts looking under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! The ThunderDome likes that and Kevin sets the table up near the corner! Sami stands at 6 of 10, so Kevin gets a SECOND table! Sami flounders about, the count is going again as Kevin sets the second table on the first! Sami is back up at 6 for a second time, but Kevin brings him to the corner!

Kevin gets up top, drags Sami up with him, but Sami fights the suplex! Sami throws body shots, pulls a crossbar’s pad off, and then throws headlock punches! Sami HOTSHOTS Kevin as he jumps down! Kevin sputters again, the damage to his throat coming into play. Sami builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and Sami feels like he’s already won! The count begins and Kevin sits up at 3. Sami shakes his head, wanting Kevin to stay down, but Kevin is up at 5. Sami pursues Kevin into the ring, sits him up and throws crossface forearms! Kevin slaps back, it is a brawl while Kevin is down on the mat! Kevin grabs hair, Sami ROCKS him! Kevin throws haymakers back!

Sami BOOTS Kevin, and gives him a CORNER EXPLODER!! Both men are down so the count is on both of them! The count is 5, Sami staggers up, but Kevin isn’t up until 6. Sami runs in to fire off haymakers, then he hoists Kevin up top. Sami climbs, tries to suplex but Kevin resists! SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! But Kevin may’ve hurt his arm at the same time! The standing count is on both men again but Kevin walks on his knees to ropes. Sami is still down at 5 of 10, but he starts getting up. Sami drags himself up on ropes and is up at 8! Sami gets to a corner, Kevin heads that way, and SUPERKICKS Sami! Sami swings feebly but Kevin SUPERKICKS him again!

Kevin looks at Sami and Sami eggs him on. SUPERKICK number three! Sami stays up using the corner, so Kevin puts him up top. Kevin CHOPS Sami, climbs up to join him, but Sami slips under to SHOVE Kevin over! Kevin crashes through the tables!! The ref checks on Kevin but starts the count. Sami feels like he’s already won but Kevin is stirring at 5! Kevin drags himself to the ring, Sami can’t believe it! Kevin stands at 9.9!! Sami is in shock! Kevin staggers about as Sami argues the count, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sami is setting up tables of his own! Sami throws the announce desk hood at Kevin’s bad arm and Kevin writhes in pain. Sami moves the hood aside to then drag Kevin up by his hair. Kevin hits back but Sami fires off haymakers! Sami drags Kevin up the steel steps and aims for the table he introduced, but Kevin resists by holding the post! Kevin punches back then SMACKS Sami off the post! Kevin gets some space, storms back over and brings Sami around the way to throw into barriers. Sami boots back and kicks the bad arm! Sami CLUBS Kevin to the apron, Kevin climbs the apron but Sami joins him, only for Kevin to BOOT him!

Kevin kicks but Sami blocks the Stunner! Sami half nelsons, for an APRON HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Kevin flops to the floor but the count is on both men as Sami rolls into the ring. Sami sits up at 4, Kevin stirs at 5, and somehow Kevin is up at 7?! Sami is furious as Kevin gets back in the ring, but Sami runs corner to corner for a HELLUVA KICK!! Kevin flops over, the count begins again and Sami talks trash. Kevin pushes himself up at 5, glares at Sami, and stands at 7 again. Sami runs corner to corner again to HELLUVA KICK! But Sami keeps Kevin up this time, because “this is karma! For everything you’ve ever done!” Sami runs corner to corner again for a THIRD HELLUVA KICK!

Kevin drops, the count begins, and Sami leans on ropes as he catches his breath. The count is 5, Kevin slowly rolls, but Sami thinks he’s already got this. Sami never learns because Kevin rolls out to stand at 9!! Sami argues with the ref but that’s just physics for you! Sami goes out and runs around the way, to DAREDEVIL DIVE into a SUPERKICK! Kevin kicks Sami in midflight, then gets in as the count begins. Kevin drags Sami up because he’s not done, whip and POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Sami is down again for another count, and yet Sami stirs at 5! Sami pushes up at 7, stands at 8, but Kevin hits a STUNNER!! Sami flops to the apron and to the floor!

Kevin goes out after Sami, and Sami begs for mercy! Kevin doesn’t care, he drags Sami up. Sami asks, “How did we get here?” And Kevin says KARMA! POWERBOMB through the announce desk! Then a POWERBOMB through Sami’s table! Then a POWERBOMB to the apron!!! Things are full circle for these two as a new standing count begins! It’s 5, then 7! Sami can’t get up, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens (advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match)

The Prizefighter finally finishes the Great Liberator, and now he’s going for the briefcase! Will KO #StunTheWorld when he faces a stacked field at MITB?

 

Backstage interview with Edge.

What does he make of Jimmy’s plan to call him out near the end of the night? Megan Morant, is it? Well, Edge knows she’s new here, but even in her time she has to understand there’s some kind of trap set. Yes, it does seem suspicious. Of course it is! Jimmy is putting on a good show saying Roman isn’t here, but Jimmy has it wrong. Roman knows that Edge knows what’s coming. They’re trying to pull one over on the Ultimate Opportunist, which is interesting. Edge could beat up Jimmy, but then the supposed Tribal Chief shows up for a 2v1, but Edge knows that. And he doesn’t care. Edge is tired of Roman, of Roman’s family, and of excuses.

They can set a trap for Edge, because they’ll be facing an “angry, vindictive son of a bitch.” The Rated R Superstar sees through the schemes, but will Roman have something up his sleeve Edge doesn’t see coming?

 

Rick Boogs finds Baron Corbin backstage.

Boogs says he was talking to the guys in the locker room about getting something to eat, and he feels Corbin should join them. They’ll get chicken a la king. Okay, okay, sorry, but Corbin will probably feel a lot better about this after a good night’s sleep. On a king sized bed. Okay, okay, okay, honestly, honestly! Nakamura said the funniest thing last night. They were playing Checkers, and he said… “King me!” Boogs is obviously amused with himself but Corbin isn’t. Is it fun kicking a guy while he’s down? Well here’s what Corbin has to say to him and everyone else: screw you. Will Corbin be able to get past the past and look to a brighter future?

 

Sonya Deville heads to the ring.

After naming Carmella to the Women’s MITB match for SmackDown last week, the WWE official is ready to name a second! Will Liv Morgan’s win last week have made an impression? Or does Sonya have someone else in mind? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Sonya is honored to name the second SmackDown participant. One of the most dynamic and driven WWE superstars today… “Please welcome Zelina Vega!” La Muneca is back and is jumping right into a major opportunity! SmackDown’s field is now halfway filled, and Vega gets a mic to say hi to Sonya. And yes, it is nice to see her. Clearly it IS Sonya’s honor to announce Vega’s return, just like it’ll be Vega’s pleasure to grab the MITB contract and, at the right moment, with whoever the champion is and when they’re vulnerable, that is when Vega will be cashing in HER Ms. MITB Contract to achieve her goal of becoming a Raw, SmackDown or even NXT Women’s Champion!

But wait, here comes Liv Morgan again! “No no no nonono.” What is this? It is bad enough to just put Carmella in the match without her even earning it, but Liv still feels she belongs! Now Sonya is rewarding Vega with a spot? Vega says she’s that good. Oh yeah, she worked so hard, huh? But Vega doesn’t deserve this, she hasn’t competed all year! How is this fair? Vega mocks Liv and says it is fair because Vega has competed in this ring for years! She is one of the most popular female competitors in WWE history! And she can run circles around Liv, embarrass her, and will show how Liv is just an amateur. So that is why Vega is in the MITB match!

Liv SLAPS Vega! “Prove it!” Liv wants to have a match with Vega now! Sonya thinks it over, and says alright. Another match for the determined and hungry Liv Morgan, but will this finally be what convinces Sonya?

Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega!

SmackDown returns and Vega already has Liv caught in an Iron Octopus! Liv powers out, but Vega throws Liv down by her hair! Vega swaggers about, runs at Liv on the ropes and tiger feints to a DRAPING CRUCIFIX! The ref counts, Vega lets off, and Mella is watching backstage as Vega bulldogs Liv down! Cover, TWO! Vega is annoyed with Liv and she slaps her to a corner! Vega runs, in Liv goes up and over and comes back, but into a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated with Liv now, and she bumps Liv off buckles. Vega gets in Liv’s face before she BOOTS her, then kicks her down! Vega runs to KNEE Liv down! Cover, TWO!

Vega throws a bit of a tantrum, but Liv gets her for a ghost pin! TWO, Vega kicks but Liv blocks to spin and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Vega has the tights! The ref sees that, stops counting, and Liv rolls Vega with tights!! Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Turnabout is fair play! Vega is furious about it, but will Sonya give Liv her chance at MITB?

 

Sonya talks with Adam Pearce.

But then Seth Rollins walks in and is very polite as he says hello and introduces himself, then lists off his accomplishments. Pleasure to make their acquaintance. They know who he is, Seth… Yes, right, they do! Because he is sure they’d forgotten since they gave Edge the match at MITB! They promised that match to Seth, remember?! Sonya says they never promised him anything, they were just going to take it under advisement. But they said they were inclined to agree with Seth! Pearce says Edge deserves this opportunity. Yes, yes, Edge deserves it. But do you know who else deserves it? SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!!

Pearce says Seth can’t pretend Edge doesn’t have all the same accomplishments he does. But the difference is that Edge won the 2021 Royal Rumble match, but he did not get his 1v1. Oh is that Rollins’ fault? No it’s not! You nincompoops did that to him! Well, the decision has been made, and Rollins gets his opportunity to win the Men’s MITB ladder match so he can use the contract to cash-in. That is, if Rollins beats Cesaro in a qualifier. Rollins takes a deep breath to keep calm, and then smiles, and even laughs. Is the Architect not taking the Swiss Superman seriously enough given the golden ticket is on the line?

 

Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Angelo Dawkins!

This match was meant to happen a week ago, but the Alpha Academy’s top (and only) student bulldozed Dawkins before the bell ever rang! Will Dawkins bring the #CurseofGreatness down upon Otis and make him pay for what he’s done to the Street Profits? Or will Otis just bulldoze Dawkins after the bell rings this time?

SmackDown returns and Dawkins makes his entrance. The bell rings this time, Dawks fires off haymakers but Otis shoves him. Dawkins dodges and back elbows but Otis stays up! Gable is on the apron, Dawkins DECKS him, but Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins! Otis drags Dawkins up, hammerlocks the bad arm and RAMS it into buckles! Dawkins scrambles away but Otis is on him in the other corner. Otis hammerlocks the arm again for the FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins writhes and flounders while Gable tells Otis to stay on him. Otis throws the headbands away and then gets Dawkins up. Otis whips Dawkins hard into buckles, then CLOBBERS him again!

Gable cheers Otis on as his “Number one guy,” and Otis goes to a corner. Otis climbs, aims, and DOZER SPLASHES!! But Otis doesn’t cover there, he wants to make Dawkins suffer! Otis drags Dawkins closer to the corner, climbs up again, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Otis wins!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

Gable celebrates with Otis, who is truly a human wrecking ball! Will the Alpha Academy soon steamroll their way to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

The last two SmackDown Men’s MITB qualifiers have been made! We already know about Rollins VS Cesaro, but now Nakamura VS Corbin has been added! Will Corbin get a semblance of payback on #Kingsuke by denying him this next prize?

 

Jimmy talks with Heyman at gorilla position.

Where’s Roman? Jimmy heard Edge talking all that about Roman being motivated by fear and stuff. Roman needs to know about this, Uce. Heyman says they both know how Jimmy’s cousin is. The Tribal Chief operates on Tribal Chief time. Everything that Roman does, he does for the family. He does for those who do for him. All Jimmy has to do is go out there and be #MainEventJimmyUso! Jimmy likes the sound of that and says he will! Jimmy will do it for Roman! Jimmy makes his entrance and goes to the ring, but is he the one falling for a trap?

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy asks, “Where you at, Edge? Cuz I’m right here, Uce!” Where’d Edge go? Looks like it’s just them tonight. No Roman here tonight, Edge. To be real, Jimmy doesn’t need Roman. He can handle Edge all by himself! So where you at? Seems to Jimmy that Edge ain’t man enough to get back here and be face to face with him. This isn’t a trap, Jimmy promises. This is just Uce calling Edge out! Let’s go! Jimmy paces, and gets fired up. “Bring yo’ ass out here right now!” Edge makes his entrance, has a mic, and says, “You think you’re smart? All jacked up, acting all bowed up, because you’ve got your cousin waiting in the wings?”

Does Jimmy not see it? Roman is using Jimmy like he uses the entire family! Just look w hat happened to Jey! Roman beat the hell out of Jey until Jey acknowledge Roman as Head of the Table! Jimmy knows, he was there! And then when Roman was done with Jey, he moved on to Jimmy. What happened to Jimmy’s backbone? What happened to #NobodysBitch? Now you are one! And here’s what Jimmy doesn’t realize: Roman laid the perfect trap, but not for Edge. This is a trap for Jimmy. Edge goes to the ring, Jimmy looks around, and no Roman. Jimmy rushes Edge but is sent into a corner! Edge POSTS Jimmy in another corner!

Edge goes out to the apron, drags Jimmy up and POSTS him on yet another corner! Jimmy flops down, Edge pulls steel steps apart and brings the base over, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him down! Jimmy snarls as he gets back up and gets Edge to the steps. Jimmy SMACKS Edge off the steel, puts Edge back in the ring, and then drags him to center. Jimmy rains down furious fists and then looks around. No Roman still, so Jimmy rushes Edge again. Edge BOOTS Jimmy down! Edge returns the ground ‘n’ pound from all sides! Edge drags Jimmy into the CROSSFACE! Jimmy has the same look of shock and fear as Roman did, and he TAPS OUT!

Edge lets Jimmy go, but he’s not done with him! Edge aims from a corner, watches Jimmy gasp and sputter while getting to his feet, and then runs in to SPEAR Jimmy down!! Edge still isn’t done, and he goes out to get chairs! We all know what Edge does with those, but then he breaks off a crossbar! Edge wants to truly recreate WrestleMania 37 with Jimmy in Roman’s place! Crossface with the crossbar!!! Jimmy really does have the same look of fear as Edge shouts, “LOOK, ROMAN!! LOOK IN HIS EYES, ROMAN!!” Jimmy taps but it doesn’t matter as Edge keeps going! “I’M COMING FOR YOU, ROMAN!!!”

Edge finally lets Jimmy go to stare into the camera, and shouts “I. Don’t. STOP!” Will Roman choose to stay away until the last possible moment? Or is Edge playing right into Roman’s heartless game of chess?


My Thoughts:

Another great SmackDown, and it is pretty wild how Roman wasn’t actually on the show tonight, yet the story still had great progress. Edge does make a good point that Jimmy’s sudden flip in character seems a little too quick, but it also still feeds into everything. Jimmy is another pawn, Roman let him take that beating as part of a twisted test of loyalties, while also having Edge get himself so fired up that he might mess up at MITB. At a certain point, this has to push even Jimmy to where he realizes what’s happening and the Usos reunite while standing against Roman. And I still don’t see Edge coming out Universal Champion, even if MITB is the first WWE PPV in front of fans since Mania.

It was obvious with last week’s win that Bayley was going to challenge Bianca for the title again, but an I Quit match is going to make this insane! The live fans are going to eat that up so it is a great choice for MITB. The promo segment setting this up could have been a bit better, something still seems off when Bianca and Belair talk to each other, but it’s a minor thing compared to the action. Seth Rollins had a good segment with Sonya and Pearce to set up his newest rematch with Cesaro, and making it an MITB qualifier on top of it is good. It at least gives us reasons why Rollins doesn’t go after Edge directly, and I wonder if Rollins wins MITB to then try a NEW Heist of the Century.

The Last Man Standing match between Kevin and Sami was incredible! I’m sure they made sure it wasn’t the main event match so that it could have time to breathe, and that made it all the better for it. When was the last time any promotion anywhere gave us a table tower spot? Kevin winning makes all the sense, from how he has to get past Sami to go back after Roman and the Universal Championship, and this fits how Kevin has been telling Paul Heyman on Talking Smack that he’d get the MITB contract so that Roman won’t have a choice in facing him again. However, a lot of that likely means Kevin isn’t winning so that he has to fight his way back.

We got a good tag match out of Big E, Nakamura, Apollo and Corbin, but boy WWE loves to kayfabe dump on Corbin sometimes. His car being towed as a distraction so Nakamura & Big E could win seemed a match too soon. Boogs poking fun at him also seemed too much. Isn’t Corbin still a Heel? I get that bad things happening to bad people is on some level gratifying, but we shouldn’t have someone verbally bullying the Heel and still be a Face. Nakamura VS Corbin again in a qualifier next week is surely so Corbin can get back to winning on some level, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they used it to just pile on him more.

Zelina Vega returning is quite the shock, given all the things that happened between her and WWE. And it’s anyone’s guess if this helps get Aleister Black/Tommy End back. Vega VS Liv was a good match but of course Liv won because she’s going to keep in this until it comes down to the fourth and final spot. Otis getting the last match of the night, essentially the main event, is great for him. He manhandled Dawkins far more than I expected, and at this rate, he might bypass the tag titles to go for the Intercontinental Championship. The Mysterios still need to make a kayfabe physical recovery, but they might not stand a chance in a rematch with this Otis.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/20/21)

Will Raw ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief?

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Coverage Raw 2021

The New Day takes on the Bloodline for a massive Monday Night Raw!

It’s a powerful Six Man Tag as WWE World Champion, Big E, reunites with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods in the ring against the champions of SmackDown! Will the Power of Positivity stop the Tribal Chief & The Usos from asserting their dominance?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline; The Bloodline wins.
  • Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
  • Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Orton wins.
  • Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax; Baszler wins.
  • Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H; Rhea & Nikki win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Best Laid Plans: Reggie retains the title.
  • WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus; Hardy wins and joins the title match at Extreme Rules.
  • Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Reigns wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Awww~ NC State!

Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your REUNITED New Day, from Kofi Kingston to Xavier Woods to the NEW WWE World Champiooon~, and FEEL~ the POWAAAH~! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate! Woods, Kofi and Big E head to the ring together once again and everyone is fired up for that! Big E soaks in the moment as fans chant his name, and then move to “You Deserve It!” Big E says they’re the best for that, and then says that today isn’t November 25th, but he is still going to give thanks. Thanks to the fans who chanted “New Day Rocks,” and even those who once said, “New Day Sucks.” Big E forgives them.

Big E is also thankful to those who supported him as he climbed the ladder to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase, and he is beyond grateful to all those who lost their minds when Big E became the NEW WWE Champion. Big E is grateful tot hem below the Heavens, and one incredible friend above. Fans chant for Brodie, but Big E says the celebration is going to be cut a little short, because there’s some town business! That business is with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the Usos, and of course “their little friend, their cousin, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman Reigns.”

But Raw is the NEW DAY’s show! Tonight, they shall send the Bloodline packing! And do you know why? Fans are excited to hear, “BECAAUSE!” “New! Day Rocks! New! Day Rocks!” But speak his name and he shall appear, ROMAN REIGNS makes his entrance. He and the Usos hold up their belts for the pyro while fans are torn on how they feel seeing them. Roman has Heyman holding the belt as he leads the way down the ramp, and that golden glove has been replaced with a red one. The Bloodline then stands face to face with the New Day, holding up the belts for another round of pyro. But Big E holds up his belt in response as he stares Roman down. The battle is about to begin, after the break!

Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline!

Raw returns and Kofi starts with Jimmy at the bell. They tie up, Jimmy headlocks but Kofi powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Jimmy gets on the corner to boast, “Bloodline!” Roman talks trash but Kofi gets up and shrugs it off. Kofi waistlocks Jimmy, headlocks then hammerlocks then headlocks again. Kofi wrenches, whips but Jimmy reverses. Jimmy runs in to monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy down, cover, TWO! Kofi keeps Jimmy from the corner and snapmares him to tag in Woods. Speed combo of Penalty Kick and SLIDING LARIAT, to Kofi’s rebound SPLASH, and Woods’ second rope ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Woods keeps on Jimmy and bumps him off the buckle. Tag to Big E and fans fire up as Big E runs in to CLOBBER Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Tag to Woods, Woods climbs up as Big E wrenches, Woods drops double ax handles. Woods wrenches but Jimmy headbutts and uppercuts! Jimmy RAMS into Woods, Jey tags in and he DECKS Woods with an uppercut! Jey talks trash to Woods, gets him up and scoop SLAMS him! Heyman talks trash, “I bet that hurt!” Jey pushes Woods around, talks more trash, then whips Woods to ropes. Woods ducks and Kofi tags in. Woods shoves Jey into Kofi’s shoulder! Schoolboy to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Kofi keeps on Jey with an armlock, wrench but Jey ROCKS Kofi with a right! Jey brings Kofi over, tags to Jimmy and they mug Kofi. Jimmy tags Jey back in, the Usos mug Kofi again, then Jimmy shoves Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi back up in a facelock to whip to the Bloodline corner, but Kofi DECKS Jimmy! Kofi dodges Jey and he hits buckles, but Roman tags in! Kofi fires off kicks on Jey and whips, but Jey reverses. Kofi dodges but Roman trips him up, drags him out and bounces him off the announce desk! Then POSTS him! Roman gets Kofi up and TOSSES him over the desk! The Bloodline is fired up and dares the New Day to do something as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Jey has Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi up, throws a heavy uppercut, and Kofi ends up in the corner. Jey runs corner to corner, but Kofi pops him up and over! Jey can’t hold on and he falls to the floor, clutching an arm! Kofi crawls, Jimmy calls to his brother, and Jey gets in to tag Jimmy! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Woods down! Jimmy says it’s done, then he grabs at Kofi. Kofi slides underneath, reaches out but Jimmy keeps him away! Jimmy reels Kofi into a knee, whips him to a corner but Kofi goes up and up and DOUBLE STOMPS Jimmy down! Fans are thunderous as they rally for “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Roman and Big E!

Roman slows his roll as Big E steps in the ring with him. Fans go nuts as we get world champion against universal champion, and the hands start flying! Back and forth, forearm for forearm, but then Big E ducks one to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then ANOTHER! Roman is sputtering, but getting pissed, too! But he still runs into the Belly2Belly! Big E runs but has to clothesline Jey out first! Roman gets Big E for a BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO! Roman is surprised but he focuses as he goes to the corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but into a clinch! ANOTHER Belly2Belly, then the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps and fans join in again, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Big E watches Roman, scoops him up, but Roman slips off. Jimmy runs in but is thrown out! Woods tags in, Big E gives Kofi a boost to FLY! Kofi takes out the Usos! Big E sees Roman but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Woods dares Roman to bring it, and Roman runs into a GAMANGIRI! GET OVER- NO! Roman throws the DDT away to UPPERCUT! Woods SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives, and here comes BOBBY LASHLEY! He SPEARS Big E, then hoists Kofi up to fireman’s carry! Lashley POSTS Kofi! Then Lashley CLOBBERS Jimmy, and he RAMS Jey into steel steps! The Rocky Mountain Machine has made his wrath felt, but Woods still has to watch for Roman! SPEAR!! Cover, The Bloodline wins!

Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall

The Tribal Chief survives because the All Mighty gave him an assist. But then Lashley SPEARS Roman!! Lashley did all this for Lashley and no one else! And then Lashley aims at Big E again, to SPEAR him through the timekeeper’s area! After decimating the top of both brands, will Lashley look to tear everything apart until HE is back on top of the WWE?

 

Bobby Lashley storms into management’s office.

He tells Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville that if Roman isn’t done with Big E, neither is he! Lashley says Big E comes out after Lashley had one of the biggest matches of his career against Randy Orton, cashing in when Lashley was obviously hurt! Look at his knee! It’s hurt! “Oh, big guy!” Then Big E goes to SmackDown, and there’s this New Day reunion, all this other stuff! Raw is about LASHLEY, the REAL WWE Champion! Give him a match with Big E 1v1, he’d win every time. Give him a match with Roman Reigns 1v1, he’d beat him every time! Both of them together, no problem! This is the All Mighty Era and it never stops!

Adam and Sonya are speechless, so Lashley leaves. What decision will management have to address the statement Lashley made?

 

WWE has a medical update on MVP.

After the RKO he took last week, Montel Vontavius Porter is nursing an injured rib and will be out for an indefinite time. What devastation will Lashley unleash without his advisor by his side?

 

Matt Riddle talks with Randy Orton backstage.

Riddle saved up to get match headsets so they can listen to the same Spotify playlists. You never know what’ll happen with the WWE Draft coming, after all. And Riddle also made a special playlist for Randy to prepare for his match with AJ Styles. Orton takes his headset off and Riddle says that’s fine, they can jam out later. But maybe Orton needs some of Riddle’s world famous motivational speaking. Riddle knows Orton is hurting on the outside, as well as deep in his heart, from losing to Bobby Lashley. “But bro, you’re a Viper, you’re an Apex Predator! You’re a Legend Killer! You’re Randy Orton, bro! Skipper doesn’t stand a chance against you!”

Riddle starts wondering what his spirit animal be. Orton’s a viper, Styles is a Pitbull and Omos is a lion. Maybe Riddle’s a mongoose. Riddle remembers going on safari and he saw a lion get trampled by wildebeest! Orton asks if Riddle is confusing his real-life with the movie, The Lion King. No, this was a true story! It was all outta nowhere, just like Orton with that RKO to MVP. But Riddle saw it, the lion was shoved off a cliff- Orton wants Riddle to keep Omos busy with the safari story. Sure! Okay, and while he’s doing that, Orton will do his best to break Styles’ ribs, just like to MVP. Sound like a plan? Yeah!

And after thinking about it, Orton says the headphones are cool, so he thanks Riddle. Riddle says “You’re welcome,” and then jams out to Orton’s theme song.

 

Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

First, the #EvaLution gets pummeled without the bell ever ringing. Then, Eva legitimately loses, after getting pummeled again. Is Eva ever going to learn that she’s been #Doudropped like a bad habit? Or will the third time be the charm for Piper?

Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and Eva gets a mic. “So, I have to say, I am not one for shaming or any negativity but… Look at me, look at me again, and look at you.” Fans cheer because Piper’s just fine! Eva says she’s put together and Piper’s a mess. “Girls like you can never beat women like me.” Piper doesn’t care about any of that, and she chases Eva out of the ring! Eva dares Piper to chase her, Piper chases Eva, but it’s all cat ‘n’ mouse as Eva is trolling Piper. Piper says Eva will get it soon enough, but the chase continues. Piper promises she has a punch waiting for Eva, and then she lets Eva have space to get in, only to pounce!

Piper thrashes Eva around but Eva rakes eyes! Eva throws forearms but Piper just gets pissed! Eva runs, but leaps into Piper’s arms! POWERSLAM, then a BACK SENTON! Piper runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, Piper wins again!

Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall

Three weeks in a row, twice on record, Piper stands tall over Eva and dances the night away! Will Eva finally Doudrop the issue? Or will Piper gladly crush her a fourth time?

 

Management makes calls but Big E barges in.

Big E wants Bobby AND Roman tonight! “Make it happen!!” The demands keep on coming, will management give in?

 

Management is making more calls.

They’re trying to reassure the higher ups that things are going fine, but then Paul Heyman walks in and mocks their chatter. But he wants them to indulge him: Lashley gets up in the face of those who run the show, bitches and moans and then Big E does the same, stripping them of all their authority. Heyman won’t do such a thing. He won’t bitch ‘n’ moan because he doesn’t have to. Heyman carries an order from the Tribal Chief! Pearce stops Heyman there but Sonya has them calm down. This is coming from all sides, so here’s what’s happening: A TRIPLE THREAT match, Lashley VS Big E VS Roman. And so Heyman can tell Roman that it is official. Heyman says he’ll do just that, and wishes them a great Monday night.

 

Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!

RKBRO may not even have a Raw Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules now that MVP is out and Lashley’s attention is on the top titles. But will the Viper make sure the Phenomenal One doesn’t fill that vacancy with a win here tonight?

Raw returns and AJ Styles makes his entrance, his towering tag partner right behind him. The bell rings and Riddle fires the fans up for “Randy! Randy!” as he circles with Styles. They tie up, Orton headlocks and he grinds Styles down to the mat. Styles makes it a cover, ONE! Orton grinds the hold harder and pushes Styles down to a lateral press, ONE! Styles gets away and Orton watches him closely. Styles tells Riddle to shut it before even starting or he’ll get smacked. Orton and Styles tie up again, Styles wrenches to wristlock and pulls on the fingers. Orton rolls, wrenches through and wristlocks in return.

Orton grinds Styles’ elbow now and then twists the wrist to a hammerlock. Styles reaches, gets a ropebreak, but Orton lets go at the ref’s count of 4. Orton backs away and fans cheer while Styles shakes out the arm. Styles and Orton circle, Styles kicks low and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Styles whips corner to corner, runs in but Orton dodges! No RKO just yet as Styles shoves Orton away! Orton wants Omos to confirm how close that was but Omos says that was nothing. Orton and Styles circle, Orton kicks low and suplexes! Cover, ONE! Orton stomps Styles’ hand, then his foot. Orton keeps stomping Styles piece by piece, then strikes the pose. Riddle joins in and fans cheer.

Orton scrapes his laces on Styles’ face, then stomps him right on the head! Cover, TWO! Orton looms over Styles and lines up a shot. But Omos trips Styles up to prevent the punt! Orton points that out to the ref but Omos defends his own innocence. The ref knows better and he EJECTS Omos! Styles is shocked and Riddle sings, “Nana na na” with the fans. But Omos CLOBBERS Riddle with a European Uppercut! Then Styles KNEES Omos out of the ring to get even! Styles then slingshots to FOREARM Orton down! Styles and Omos fire up, and Styles assures Omos he can handle this. Omos leaves as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Orton throws hands on Styles! Orton kicks but Styles blocks to spin him around and CHOP BLOCK! Styles then toeholds and drops knees on the knee! Orton clutches his leg, drags himself to a corner but Styles is after him. Styles digs his heel in but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally for Orton but Styles gets Orton’s leg. Orton throws hands then boots Styles away! Styles dodges Orton’s clothesline but runs right into buckles! The ref checks on Styles but he’s alright. Orton comes back and rallies with big clotheslines! Styles staggers into a corner, Orton hits another clothesline! Orton climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count to 4 but Styles trips Orton up!

Styles fireman’s carries but Orton slips off to ROCK him with more haymakers! Orton EuroUppers Styles to a corner, then fans fire up as Orton gets his bad leg moving. But Styles KICKS that leg! Styles runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton seethes but Riddle says he’s that close! Orton puts Styles in a corner, hoists him up top and then throws more haymakers. Orton then climbs up to join Styles, but Styles slips to the outside, only for Orton to CLOBBER him down! Styles is in a daze, Orton drags him up through ropes! But Styles HOTSHOTS Orton first! Orton gasps and sputters while Styles takes aim from the apron! PHENOMENAL-

NO! Orton catches Styles in the cravat, but Styles hurries to turn RKO into SLEEPER! Styles is a backpack on Orton but Orton grits his teeth as he stays up. Orton RAMS Styles into buckles and is free! Orton gasps for air gain as he gets away, but he returns to get a BOOT! Styles hops up, reels Orton in, but Orton denies the DDT with a shove! Styles staggers up into a clinch, and Orton shows some power with an EXPLODER! Riddle likes that one, that was like his Brosploder! Cover, TWO! Orton has a bloody scratch on his eyebrow but he’s still feeling good as he looms over Styles. Fans rally behind “Randy! Randy!” and Riddle coaches Orton on.

Orton gets Styles up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, PELE included! Orton goes down, Styles covers, TWO! Styles grows a bit frustrated but he gets Orton back up. Styles reels Orton in and calls for it, but Orton back drops! Styles sunset flips, Orton sits on it, TWO! Styles SLIDING FOREARMS Orton down! Styles goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Orton survives because Styles ain’t the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla! Styles goes to the apron and takes aim again. Orton stands, Styles sees Riddle and takes a swing! Riddle avoids the kick, Orton storms over but into a forearm! Styles springboards but he fakes Orton out! They each point at each other with that one!

Styles slingshots in but into a kick! Orton has Styles in the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices, RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

Riddle is fired up for his bro as Orton strikes Styles down! With the Phenomenal One cleared out of the way, who steps up in the Raw Tag Division to go after RKBRO?

 

Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax!

The Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force were always a dysfunctional duo united by their success, but now they’re each only concerned about their own success. The former women’s tag team champions do battle, but who comes out the better half?

Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two stare down. Shayna paces but Nia is like a statue. Then they start talking trash, and Nia says, “I hate you! You were nothing without me!” Shayna tells Nia to shut up and says that SHE was always the one! They start shoving, but then Nia fireman’s carries! But then she lets Shayna down to make a point of how easy it was! Nia says she’s the winner here, but Shayna fires off kicks! Nia ROCKS Shayna, scoops her, then hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, ONE, and Shayna gets to a corner. Nia runs in and SPLASHES! Nia pie faces, Shayna pie faces back! The hands start flying, Nia RAMS into Shayna!

Shayna comes back with muay thai knees! And a ROUNDHOUSE! Nia wobbles, Shayna KNEES her again, then ROUNDHOUSES her down! Nia sits up in a daze but Shayna KNEES her again! Then a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Shayna is a backpack as Nia gets up but Shayna shifts to kick away on an arm! Shayna puts the clutch back on but Nia powers up, only to fall back! Shayna squeezes tight, Nia shouts and sputters, she is OUT!! Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

Shayna seems to show a hint of remorse having to do that to a former tag partner. But then she PUNTS Nia off the apron! The Queen of Spades considers what to do next, and she gets Nia up to kick away on the arm again. Shayna pulls steel steps apart, gives Nia a KICK to the face, then has her down on the steps. Shayna isolates Nia’s arm, puts it through one of the hand holds, and despite the ref saying no, Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Nia writhes and cries in pain as she clutches her wrist, but Shayna gets the arm and isolates it on the steps! Nia begs for mercy and Shayna is conflicted again. But Shayna STOMPS the arm anyway!!

Nia is screaming in agony and referees hurry out with medics. Fans are stunned as Shayna is unsure how to feel about this herself. But is this how the Queen of Spades is going to play the game in order to reach the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!

While the Star of Saudi Arabia and The Beacon are still trying to get on the same page, it seems the cousins of the Garza lucha familia are finally seeing things eye to eye! Will the dysfunction fix itself tonight? Or will nothing defeat this handsome and debonair duo now that they’re united?

The teams sort out and Garza starts with Ali. They tie up, Ali waistlocks but Garza headlocks. Ali powers out, things speed up and Ali hurdles into Garza’s dropkick! Garza tears away the pants and throws them at Ali! Tag to Carrillo, they double whip and double hip toss to a rebound FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps cool as he looms over Ali. Carrillo stands Ali up to CHOP, snapmare and clam on a chinlock. Ali endures the knee in his back and Mansoor coaches him up. Ali fights up, throws body shots but Carrillo throws him down hard! Carrillo SLAPS Ali, brings him around and suplexes. Ali slips out, waistlocks, but Carrillo switches.

Ali goes to the corner to buck Carrillo, then leaps for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, hot tags to Garza and Mansoor! Mansoor rallies, whips but Garza reverses, only for Mansoor to BOOT and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Mansoor as he runs in to clothesline Garza! Tag to Ali and he goes up, DOUBLE STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Mansoor throws Carillo out and slides, but Carrillo gets under to RAM Mansoor into barriers! Ali slides out to RAM Carrillo into barriers! But Garza goes out to POST Ali! Garza tells Ali that nothing beats familia, and he puts Ali in the ring.

Tag to Carrillo, he fires up as he stretches Ali in a LAST CHANCERY! Garza runs and adds a basement dropkick to it!! Carrillo covers, the familia wins!

Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza, by pinfall

The lucha libre bloodline get a powerful first victory! Will they surge up the rankings towards those Raw Tag Team Championships soon enough?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H!

The challengers walk out first and have mics to address the crowd. Before they face the champions tonight with the titles on the line, they wanted to talk to the WWE Universe about Conner’s Cure. Fans cheer for that one and Rhea says young Conner inspired us all to join the fight against pediatric cancer. Over the years, the WWE and Conner’s Cure have raised millions of dollars to fight that fight. Rhea gets a bit emotional as she says the charity has worked with the V Foundation to invest and fundraise all this money to help find the answer to pediatric cancer. And there’s still so much work to be done.

They have the honor and privilege of competing in the ring, but they wanted to do two things with the fans. Firstly, they’re dedicating this match to the kids, to everyone that’s been affected by pediatric cancer, and to Conner’s Cure. And secondly, when they count to three, everyone put your arms together in a V and shout, “Victory!” One, two, three, VICTORY over pediatric cancer! Fans cheer the inspirational moment as the challengers go to the ring. But will the eclectic duo be able to dedicate a championship victory to the fight? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and the champions make their entrance. Tamina starts with Nikki and TOSSES her to the corner, then sucker punches Rhea! Nikki fights back but Natty tags in. Tamina whips, scoops Nikki and Natty runs to HART ATTACK! Cover, Rhea breaks it! Tamina gets back in, headbutts Rhea then throws her out of the ring hard! Natty throws Nikki into the corner, throws knees and haymakers but lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Tamina, she stomps a mudhole into Nikki. Tag to Natty, she drags Nikki up to throw more hands. Natty and Tamina are a little off synch but Natty tags Tamina back in. Feed to a SAMOAN DROP!

But Tamina isn’t done here! She goes up top and takes aim, SUPERFLY onto knees! Nikki crawls but Rhea is still down! Tamina tags in Natty and she CLOBBERS Nikki from behind! Natty rebounds Nikki for the sit-down! Natty steps on Nikki and basement dropkicks! Tamina sees Rhea getting up and goes after her, but Rhea boots her to then CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Rhea as she gets Tamina up and pump handles! RIPTIDE to the apron!! Natty is shocked, Nikki drags her down to a cradle! NIKKI & RHEA WIN!!

Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

They did it for Conner!! Rhea & Nikki are champions together, but is this only the beginning?

 

Alexa Bliss heads to the ring.

She and Lily are ready to make NC State into Alexa’s Playground! But will the Queen still be willing to come out and play after the Charlie fiasco last week? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Alexa sits on the swing. “Hello, friends! And welcome to my playground!” Now her “friend” is a real doozy, but she holds a place near and dear to Alexa’s heart. Welcome soon to be former Raw Women’s Champion and The Queen, Charlotte Flair! The music plays and Charlotte actually walks out to the ring. Fans cheer and “WOO~” for Charlotte as she enters the ring and gets a mic. Alexa says hey and wants Charlotte to make herself comfy on the rocking horse. No, that’s okay, Charlotte would rather stand and remind us that once upon a time, Alexa was a competitor. But please, continue with the hocus pocus and magic tricks.

Yes, the fun police is here. But c’mon, Charlotte! There’s no tricks up Alexa’s sleeves, her sleeves are too short. But why is there always an ulterior motive here? Alexa just wants to have fun. Girls’ night, Alexa, Charlotte & Lily! But where’s Charlie? Fans boo Charlotte being a party pooper and chant, “We Want Charlie!” but Alexa says it’s fine! SHE has Charlie! Fans chant for “Charlie! Charlie!” as Alexa sits again but Charlotte says Alexa is embarrassing herself. Charlotte doesn’t want Charlie. Charlotte wants Alexa! The old Alexa, the Five Feet of Fury, the Mean Girl, the once upon a time champion material!

Alexa can fool the fans but she can’t fool Charlotte. All this is “a pathetic attempt to hide how fragile, how delicate you really are.” Charlotte wants Lexi to admit she’s broken, and that’s why she hides behind the playground, the dolls, the dress and the pigtails, as well as that nasty black lipstick. Alexa used to walk to the ring with a title on her arm, but now she walks with a doll. “How does it feel that the doll is more popular than you?” But now that we’re talking about the old Alexa, the only reason she was champion at all was because she and Charlotte were on separate brands. But now that they’re both on Raw, Charlotte finds these games to be a joke.

But the one game she can’t comprehend is, how did Charlotte go from main-eventing WrestleMania 35 to a Monday Night Raw where she’s playing with dolls? Charlotte doesn’t play dress up nor play pretend, she is the real deal. Charlotte has beaten an Almost Super Hero, a Nightmare, and now she’s about to beat a “grown ass woman that dresses up like a little kid.” Alexa is bored as Charlotte says she gets it. “This is all a desperate cry for help.” So Charlotte will make it her job to beat some sense back into Alexa. Does Alexa want that to be tonight or this Sunday at Extreme Rules?

Alexa says, “Oh my gosh, Charlotte! We get it! You’re the best, you’re the champ, you’re in your own league, no one can reach you.” Does Charlotte ever get sick of hearing that like the rest of us do? We get it! Yes, Charlotte’s won more titles than any other woman. But that also means she’s lost more titles than any other woman. And since we’re getting personal, which Alexa loves on Girls’ Night, she asks this: “Without a title, who is Charlotte Flair? Nobody knows because even you don’t know.” If Charlotte isn’t a champion, she isn’t anything. Nothing at all. And let’s be honest, Alexa doesn’t need to play games to expose Charlotte’s insecurities. “They’re stamped right on your forehead.”

Charlotte is just so terrified of the Raw Women’s Championship moving on without her and leaving her with nothing. What would Charlotte do if she didn’t have a title? What would she say to the fans? Fans go “WOO~!” but Alexa says that’s not even originally hers! Well let’s not talk about originality, Lexi. Alexa didn’t give Charlotte Charlie to play a game. Alexa gave her Charlie as a pity gift. Alexa pities Charlotte. “Because even a narcissistic, self-centered bitch like you deserves happiness.” Charlotte pretends to cry but Alexa says Charlotte can call her whatever she wants. Alexa doesn’t care, because at least Alexa knows who she is!

And she doesn’t need to grasp at titles to stay relevant. So yes, tonight, call Alexa crazy. But at Extreme Rules, we WILL call her champion! “Now doesn’t that sound like fun?” Charlotte pretends to laugh and mocks Alexa’s points. Good for Alexa, but you’ll never find out who she is without the title. Then Charlotte pie faces Alexa. Alexa jumps on Charlotte and throws hands! Charlotte throws her off, throws off her shoes and then BOOTS Alexa down! Charlotte dusts off her hands and then finds Charlie. But Alexa jumps on again! Charlotte throws her down, grabs up Charlie, and looks at it closely as she RIPS OFF ITS HEAD! Charlotte drops the pieces and then looks for Lily!

Alexa jumps on Charlotte again! Charlotte rams Alexa into buckles, runs in but Alexa sends her into buckles! Alexa reels Charlotte in for a DDT! Charlotte falls out of the ring and Alexa picks up Lily. Will Alexa do everything she can to drop Charlotte again and tear that title away from her?

 

Drake Maverick brainstorms with his fellow conspirators.

Rockstar Spud has R-Truth, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa going over his newest master plan. Operation: 24/7 is simple: drop a net on Reggie and get the title off him. But wait. Reggie is two, three, four times bigger than that. Truth, c’mon… Gulak, you’ll be the distraction. Tozawa, do your ninja stuff. Truth, when Maverick signals you, drop the net. Okay, but what’s the word? Just “now, dog!” Who cares! Reggie’s walking over! Hurry! The others hide and Gulak gets Reggie’s attention. Reggie is already worried but Gulak says there is no ref around so it’s safe. Gulak talks to Reggie about Chinese holistic medicine and the 361 pressure points!

Gulak guides Reggie to the spot and Maverick shouts to Truth! Truth drops the net but Reggie turns things around and Gulak is caught! Reggie goes up and around the pallets, over pipes and onto trunks! The others give chase but Reggie LEAPS down to the photoshoot area! He even gets some snapshots before running off! Maverick is disappointed with Truth, since he gave the word. Truth corrects Maverick, the signal was “Now dog.” Gulak says he’s really stuck right now. Maverick is furious, but will he be able to craft a foolproof plan that not even these fools can foil?

 

WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus!

The Charismatic Enigma has had his battles with the Celtic Warrior before, and came very close to defeating Damian Priest last week. With there still being time before Extreme Rules, can the extreme risk taker beat Sheamus again and get in on the title match?

Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. Damian Priest joins commentary to watch this closely, saying this is all his idea to give Hardy this opportunity. The bell rings, fans rally behind Hardy but Sheamus powers him to the corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off as he shoves Hardy down. Hardy gets up, ties up with Sheamus but Sheamus hits a headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors, Sheamus kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors again, Sheamus gets free again, but Hardy headlocks. Sheamus powers out, runs Hardy over, then fixes his mask. Sheamus stands Hardy up to throw heavy EuroUppers.

Hardy dodges, dropkicks Sheamus’ leg out then basement dropkicks. Hardy puts Sheamus in a corner, rams his shoulder in then headlocks again. Sheamus powers Hardy into the corner and throws body shots. Sheamus whips, hardy holds ropes and puts Sheamus on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS Hardy in the back, but Hardy fights off the Bodhrain! Hardy hotshots Sheamus down then goes out. Fans fire up as Hardy runs and leaps off the steps! Sheamus catches Hardy to SLAM him on the apron! Sheamus takes off his face mask to CLOBBER Hardy again! The Fella soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Sheamus has Hardy in a chinlock. Hardy fights up, throws body shots but Sheamus back suplexes. Hardy lands on his feet, ends up in a corner, and Sheamus runs in. Hardy POSTS Sheamus, then fires haymakers! Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy runs him over! Hardy trips Sheamus up, leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Sheamus gets up, Hardy runs in but Sheamus scoops. Hardy slips off to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Hardy has Sheamus in a drop zone and he hops up the corner, second rope SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy is frustrated but Sheamus gets up. Hardy kicks but no Twist as Sheamus shoves!

Sheamus runs but into a kick! Hardy drop toeholds Sheamus into buckles! Hardy goes up and swings but into a BOOT from below! Sheamus goes up, bloody nose only motivating him! Sheamus leaps to FLYING CLOTHESLINE Hardy down! Cover, TWO! Priest likes the fight from these two as Sheamus fireman’s carries. Hardy elbows free, kicks low and TWIST- NO! Sheamus pushes free to KNEE Hardy down! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but Sheamus staggers up to his feet. Sheamus gets the legs, ties them up, but Hardy throws hands to fight the hold! Hardy pushes, dodges the Brogue to TWIST OF FATE!

Hardy hurries to a corner, heads up top, and NC is fired up for their hero, SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Hardy sunset flips! HARDY WINS!

Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (joins the WWE United States Championship match at Extreme Rules)

Priest gave Hardy the opening and Hardy capitalized! Sheamus blames Priest for all this and shoves Priest! Priest RAMS Sheamus into the apron! Hand start flying but the ref hurries to stop it! More refs come out but Sheamus and Priest knock into cameramen! Priest CLUBS away on Sheamus but the refs back him down. Sheamus staggers up, Priest uses the apron to LEAP and CLOBBER Sheamus! Priest hammers away, the refs pull him off Sheamus, but Sheamus POSTS Priest! Sheamus puts Priest in the ring, CLUBS away on him in return, but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Then Priest clotheslines Sheamus and himself out of the ring! The scrapping continues, will it only end on Sunday?

 

Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!

The wrath of the All Mighty has only stirred up the anger of the Powerhouse of Positivity and the rage of the Tribal Chief! Three titans are set to battle at once, but who proves themselves the biggest and the baddest in the WWE today?

The bell rings and Lashley is right after Big E! Big E throws hands back, Lashley kicks low but Roman just watches and waits. Lashley glances over at him but Big E CLOBBERS Lashley! Now Roman makes a move, but Big E ROCKS him with a forearm! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron and he CLUBS away! Big E says, “You wanna play, Bobby? Let’s play!” APRON SPLASH! Big E shoves Lashley in but Roman hits a DRIVE BY! Universal Champion knocks down World Champion and raises up his finger. Roman knows the Bloodline are the ones, but this match continues after the break.

Raw returns again and Lashley RAMS Big E in the corner. Lashley tells Heyman to scram but he’s just checking on Roman. Lashley whips Big E but Big E reverses, only to run into an elbow. Things speed up, Big E HURDLES then CLOBBERS Lashley! Cover, TWO! Big E gets Lashley up, “This is what you want, huh?!” Big E wraps Lashley up in the cobra twist! Big E clubs to the rhythm, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Lashley endures but Roman gets in to UPPERCUT Big E down! Roman then runs at Lashley to clothesline him out of the ring! Big E staggers and Roman goes after him with a whip. Big E reverses but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!

Roman is annoyed but he goes out and sees Lashley on the apron. Roman runs around the way but Lashley CLOBBERS him out of the Drive By! Lashley snarls, pushes Roman into the ring and covers, TWO! Lashley bumps Roman off buckles, throws haymakers, then runs corner to corner to RAM into Big E! Then he goes back to RAM into Roman! Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Big E runs in at Roman and RAMS into him! Big E keeps moving, but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is further annoyed, but Big E flops out of the ring. Roman runs at Lashley in a corner to clothesline! Roman fires point-blank lariats again and again, all the way to 10!

Lashley flounders and Roman hoists him up top. Roman throws hands then climbs up to join Lashley. Lashley hits back with haymakers, but Roman ROCKS Lashley with an uppercut! Lashley wobbles and sways on the top rope, Roman climbs up to join him again. Roman gets Lashley up, but Lashley resists the superplex! Big E joins in, TOWER OF DOOM!! The powerbomb superplex shakes the ring and fans are thunderous as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again and Lashley is down while Big E and Roman are in the ring. Roman clotheslines Big E in the corner, then says, “I run the show.” Fans boo and Roman eggs them on, then he throws hands on Big E. Roman whips corner to corner, runs in but Big E catches the clothesline for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E’s throwing things back to earlier tonight as he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Big E baits Roman in and gets the third Belly2Belly! Big E fires up, runs, but Lashley trips Big E up and drags him out to RAM him into barriers! Lashley roars and goes back into the ring, and he gets Roman for the COMPLETE SHOT!

Lashley shouts, “Whose house?!” Lashley gets Roman up, suplexes and stalls to show his strength, then SLAMS Roman down! Cover, TWO! Roman survives but Big E is back so Lashley goes after him. Gut wrench but Big E slips out to Belly2Belly! Roman returns but Big E CLOBBERS him! Big E sets the two side by side and fans fire up as he runs for a DOUBLE BIG SPLASH!! Cover on Lashley, TWO!! Big E sees Roman rolling away but fans rally behind Big E as he runs. Roman knees Big E away, Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover but Roman drags Lashley off to throw him out! Roman covers, TWO!!

“This is Awesome!” as Roman watches Big E go to a corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but Big E dodges! Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Cover, but Lashley drags Big E out! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers again, then brings him to the desk! Just like last week, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER through the table!! But this time, Lashley’s knee is just fine and he goes back to Roman in the ring. Roman slowly gets up, Lashley takes aim from a corner, Lashley runs into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman seethes but is too tired to be any angrier. Roman stands and he goes to the corner as Lashley slowly rises. Roman lets out the battle cry, runs but into LASHLEY’S SPEAR!! Cover, Big E breaks it!!

Lashley is furious again and he snarls as Big E gets up! Lashley puts on the full nelson but Big E fights it from locking in! They struggle, half is in, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley down! Roman and Big E lock eyes but Big E throws Lashley out! Big E runs to SPEAR Roman off the apron!! Big E puts Roman in, fans are thunderous and Big E scoops Roman again! BIG ENDING AGAIN!! Cover, but Lashley SMACKS Big E with a chair! No Disqualifications finally comes into play as Lashley SMACKS Big E again, and again, and again! Lashley doesn’t stop until Big E’s on the mat! Lashley snarls and then he throws MORE chair shots on Big E!

Fans boo, Lashley turns around into Roman’s SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

The WWE Universal Champion found another opening, just like earlier tonight, and he takes victory from the jaws of defeat! But will the Head of the Table be able to do the same when The Demon waits for him at Extreme Rules?


My Thoughts:

A pretty stuffed episode, but the go-home syndrome was pretty strong in the middle there with the recap packages and extra commercial breaks. And did we really need Piper VS Eva a third time? Hopefully this is the end of it and Piper can move on to someone new. And I’m thinking that someone is Shayna after how she brutalized Nia. That was a very powerful moment, and I’m thinking that not only will Nia be kept off TV for a time, maybe the WWE Draft moves her to SmackDown so she can be with the Bloodline. Same goes for Tamina now that she’s lost the tag titles. They can even have Tamina turn on Natty to side with Nia and the family as things move into the Fall.

Speaking of which, of course Rhea & Nikki win with them getting to do the Conner’s Cure moment. Both things were still great separately, and it was very endearing to see Rhea get choked up with talking about the cause. Rhea & Nikki freshen things up by being the new champions, and they better show up on SmackDown this Friday to start building towards Shotzi & Tegan finally getting their long overdue title opportunity. Alexa and Charlotte had a pretty good promo segment together, and having Alexa’s Playground back in the ring was a nice change of pace. The shots fired were pretty decent but the main thing is, Alexa stood tall here so of course Charlotte retains at Extreme Rules per WWE math.

Orton VS Styles may seem repetitive, because in a way it is, but they always put on great matches so that’s what we got tonight. Orton wins and there’s no Raw Tag Team Championship match set for the PPV, maybe something builds on the way to Crown Jewel. Mansoor & Ali losing was a bit of surprise but I am glad we’re finally seeing Garza & Carrillo as a tag team. Too bad there was no build to it. There was a lot of “corporate synergy” tonight with them plugging American Ninja Warrior Jr. for Peacock, and then Reggie actually doing some Ninja Warrior stuff again. The comedy of these bits is kinda drying up because they’re a little too focused on setting Reggie up for these stunts, but maybe they figure out how to be creative even in that.

Hardy VS Sheamus was a really good match but I feel like this was all spurred on by someone *cough* Vince */cough* thinking there needed to be more to the US Championship match. Granted, without Hardy winning his way in, it would’ve just been Priest VS Sheamus in a rematch from SummerSlam, but oh, I dunno, how about spicing up the match with stipulations? Yes, a Triple Threat will make this No Disqualifications, but I feel like Hardy is in just to take the pin. Why didn’t they just greenlight McIntyre winning the contender’s match so he could reach for the Grand Slam? WWE can’t just isolate big things to the Big Four (and apparently now Crown Jewel, too) and ask why we aren’t excited for the other shows.

The big story of tonight was of course having the world champion and the Universal Champion here at the same time. The Six Man Tag was great but I didn’t think they’d have Lashley show up to decimate everyone like that. Big points for Lashley while Roman again gets a win as the physically strongest opportunistic Heel in a long time. Then the Triple Threat at the end was awesome stuff, definitely upping the quality of tonight. All three guys looked great but Roman winning makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. For one, #RomanWinsLOL. For another, he’s got to go strong into Extreme Rules against The Demon because of course he’s going to win that and go into Crown Jewel strong to face The Beast.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Things are escalating in the Dark Order dysfunction!

New Jersey gets elevated as the Bad Boy and Concrete Rose return home, but it isn’t a happy homecoming! Will AEW’s former odd couple finally get even?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hikaru Shida VS Masha Slamovich; wins.
  • Santana & Ortiz VS JT Dunn & Avery Good; win.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Mike Verna; wins.
  • Alan Angels & Preston Vance VS Evil Uno & Colt Cabana; win.
  • Dustin Rhodes VS QT Marshall w/ The Factory; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Gunn Club VS Anthony Bennett, Ray Jaz & LSG; win(s).
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  • Private Party VS Teddy Goodz & Jorge Santi; wins.
  • Joey Janela VS Sonny Kiss; wins.

QUICK NOTES

Orange Cassidy’s match might be one to watch, to see if the Hardy Family Office goes after him or not. The Dark Order VS Dark Order match is of course on the must-see, that story is growing into something really good. Janela VS Kiss is going to be one to watch, too, because of the heat in the story. I’m rather surprised we’re getting Dustin VS QT Marshall, but after QT lost to Paul Wight, he doesn’t really have a direction so maybe something comes of this.


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